A few years ago, we started our partnership with Fair Trade USA. The goal was to offer teas that gave back. Today, we carry over a dozen fair trade teas and blends, including a number of our Fan Favourites.
But what is fair trade, and what are you supporting when you purchase these teas? Fair trade means that farmers and workers in developing countries get a fair price for the products they make. Simply put, Fair Trade organizations “help farmers build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities.”
The great estates
Now that you know the basics, let’s meet a couple of our fair trade partners:
Wuyuan Xitou Tea Farmers’ Association
This 600-member association was one of the first tea producers in China to become Fair Trade Certified, and now sells its product internationally. Since 2005, fair trade has helped the association:
- Create scholarships for future university studies.
- Invest in a new processing facility.
- Plan for a central collection facility.
Guayusa has always been important to Ecuador’s Kichwa people. And with the help of the Runa Foundation, they’ve become the first and only international supplier of this Amazonian super-leaf. Currently, Runa’s fair trade efforts support 2,386 guayusa farmers, helping them to:
- Diversify exports and stabilize earnings.
- Expand and invest in farms and production.
- Access micro-credit loans.
So what’s next?
Needless to say, we’re thrilled to be celebrating our two year anniversary with Fair Trade USA, and we’re always on the lookout for new opportunities. In the meantime, if you want to purchase fair trade, just look for the logo!